Furrow Hoppers Relay 2005
Ringwood Forest North Sunday
or should that be Bracken Hoppers relay?
These show individual lap times except for the two teams who failed to hand in
the grid with names of the runners on each leg, and the times for the individual
Chris Tween has battled to make sense of the splits etc. She has very kindly
teams where member(s) forgot to punch at the changeover controls. We are also
investigating those boxes which seemed not to bleep - they did flash, they did
read the dibbers - presumably they were affected by the extreme heat.
Team results (revised)
These show finishing order, i.e the time taken for
the team to complete all four courses three times, after the handicap time is
For anyone with
an impending trip to a holiday destination in the tropics, this year's Furrow
Hoppers must have provided a valuable acclimatisation exercise. The digital
starting clock was recording temperatures as high as 33C in the shade of the
gazebo we had erected. All I will say is that I am glad I did my running
around putting out controls at 7am before it really heated up!
I gather from
both eavesdropping on the day and from direct compliments thereafter, that
everyone enjoyed themselves, and that the courses were a sufficient challenge.
I do apologise for the ridiculous height of the bracken, even my 6 foot 2 in
stature was dwarfed by some of it. The forest was nice and clear when I
planned it! We did our best to tread paths / clearings where necessary, but I
guess as the day went on, these became better pronounced and easier to find.
apologise for the map correction on the D course. Timber extraction managed to
destroy the original control feature, and although I had adjusted accordingly
in plenty of time for the event, I failed to update that particular base map
on OCAD before it went to the printers - hence the hand-written correction. I
hope this didn't impede progress too much.
Thanks you very
much to Peter Brett for acting as Controller, and next time, I will be less
economical with the tagging tape! Thanks also to all the WIM members who
kindly helped me on the day and particularly the computer team who continued
well beyond Sunday to try to get some sense out of the heat-affected SI boxes